A suspected pusher was killed in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, after he allegedly attempted to shoot at undercover police operatives in a drug buy-bust operation at about 8 p.m. Thursday.
The fatality was identified as Ramil Gracias, alias Tata, of legal age, married and a resident of Barangay Poblacion in Bayawan City.
A police report said that operatives of the Bayawan police station conducted a buy-bust operation in Barangay Tinago, where Gracias allegedly sold suspected shabu to an undercover policeman.
During the transaction, the undercover police operative announced the arrest of Gracias, but the latter allegedly pulled out his .38 caliber revolver, and this prompted the back-up policeman to shoot him.
Gracias was brought to the Bayawan District Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
Police recovered one .38 caliber revolver without serial number, two live ammunition of .38 caliber revolver, one .357 caliber revolver, six live ammunition of .357 caliber revolver, four heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, a wooden club with spikes, a bolo with scabbard, and other items.
Meanwhile, police arrested a kagawad in San Jose, Negros Oriental, during an Oplan Paglalansag Omega operation, and confiscated firearms and ammunition from him Thursday.
Anias Tagud Fortuga, 62, a barangay kagawad of Tapon Norte in San Jose, was served the search warrant issued by Judge Winston Villegas of the Regional Trial Court Branch 43 in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, at around 7:20 p.m. Thursday.
During the search in his house, the police recovered a carbine rifle, a .357 caliber revolver, two magazines for carbine rifle, and assorted rounds of ammunition.
The suspect is now detained, and charges for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, in violation of Republic Act 10591, are being readied against him.
The composite team was comprised of operatives from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, the Provincial Intelligence Bureau of the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, and in coordination with the San Jose police station. *JFP
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